Usually when people talk about a successful and productive day they mention things like getting a bunch of work done at the office, completing a particularly difficult training session at the gym, or organizing and cleaning the entire kitchen. It isn’t typical for someone to say that they “accomplished a lot” by sleeping in late, listening to some music, taking a nap, and cooking a comfort meal of oatmeal and banana.
When I packed my bags to go to South America, on the top of my list was my cell phone and computer. Already the idea of going to a new country where I didn’t speak the language was daunting enough, but add to that the prospect of not being able to contact friends and family? For me that sounded impossible.
I loved motorcycles since childhood and as I grew up, I saw this love evolve gently. It wasn’t just another childhood dream of owning an awesome looking motorcycle. Along with owning and riding one, I had this urge out of nowhere to ride it to far off places, like the Himalayas. From high school, the images of the snow clad mountains mesmerized me and I knew, someday I would ride up there.
People often talk about the “language barrier” when traveling to foreign countries. Tourists will purchase pocket dictionaries and hire guides in advance to circumvent the difficulties presented by not being able to verbally communicate with a large portion of the population. It’s understandable why people become nervous about traveling in an area where they know little or none of the primary language spoken. Asking for directions or communicating allergy problems at a restaurant is very difficult without using words.